Scottdale Early Learning earns international award

Scottdale Early Learning—an early care and educational organization serving low- and moderate-income families in DeKalb County—was recently awarded the Losos Prize for Innovation by the International Organization of Parents as Teachers (PAT). 

According to a news release, the annual award recognizes excellence and innovation in home visiting services to young children and their families. The release states that only two Losos Awards are given each year to PAT Blue Ribbon Model Affiliates.

“We are so thrilled that our PAT program has been honored with the Losos Prize”, said Interim President and CEO of Scottdale Early Learning Tyeichia Mason. “Our team was recognized for the innovative PAT virtual classrooms we developed during the pandemic for the families we serve to help them stay up-to-date with community resources and educational activities.”

Scottdale Early Learning officials stated the school has worked with the PAT program for more than a decade to help young children in DeKalb County’s at-risk communities through educating and supporting their families. Based on the idea that parents are their children’s first teachers, Scottdale Early Leaning officials said PAT’s mission is to provide information, support, and community resources to families for them to provide the education needed during their child’s crucial stages of development. 

Scottdale’s PAT services are designed for prenatal mothers until the child has reached Pre-K or Kindergarten, the release states.

According to the release, the Losos Prize for Innovation is given each year to PAT Blue Ribbon Model Affiliates that developed new solutions to address specific needs in their community. Innovation can include more effective processes, services, or technologies. 

The prize was created in 2006 and named for its benefactor—Carolyn W. Losos—who helped establish Parents as Teachers in the early 1980s.

“Our Certified Parent Educators meet twice a month with over 100 families in the home to coach and mentor each parent as he or she develops safe and healthy attachments with their young children,” said Mason. “During the visits, the PAT professionals educate the parents about early childhood development, and improve parenting practices, including preventing child abuse and neglect. The PAT professionals also provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, and connect the family with community resources, when needed.”

In addition to the at-home visits, Scottdale Early Learning officials said families served by the PAT program are invited to family engagement events and workshops where they may participate in programs on parenting issues and interact with other parents. 

According to a release, Scottdale Early Learning’s Parents as Teachers program is supported locally through gifts from private foundations, government grants, organizations such as the United Way, and contributions from corporations and individual donors.

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